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Slot-sized reds schooled up and biting around Hilton Head Island

Bull redfish have been a willing target of many anglers for the past few months along the South Carolina coast, but if it's slot-sized redfish you're after, the backwaters of Hilton Head Island are the place to be.

Capt. Charlie Beadon of Hilton Head Fishing Adventures and his clients have been regularly boating keeper redfish on the mud flats over the past few weeks. Read More...
December 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Speckled trout bite great in Bulls Bay

Last year's mild winter was a nice reprieve for South Carolina's speckled trout after cold-water kills in back-to-back brutal winters wiped out a lot of specks. This spells good news for Palmetto State anglers, and one place the trout are healthy and biting is Bulls Bay near Awendaw.

Gary McElwain of Awendaw has been having a lot of success lately catching Bulls Bay specks, and the majority of his fish have been keeper sized. Read More...
December 19, 2012 at 6:30 am

Woodcock season opens in South Carolina today

South Carolina has extended its season on woodcock by 14 days again this season, so hunters can take to the field for timberdoodles beginning today, Dec. 18.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources agreed last year to move up the traditional Jan. 1 season opening by two weeks, and it was such a success with hunters, the season is opening early again this year.
December 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

Speckled trout bite hanging on in Charleston’s Stono River

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For late fall anglers, speckled trout represent a highly prized target. but they can be especially fickle as the weather starts to turn colder. Capt. John Koonce of Shoal Bandit Charters on Johns Island claims the weather may be hard to predict, but the hot trout bite this fall in Charleston-area waters, especially the Stono River, is still hanging on.

“One day we’ll be out here in jeans and t-shirts, and the next day we’ll be wearing heavy jackets and toboggans,” he said. “But the water temperatures are still pretty decent, and the trout bite has stayed with us.”
December 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

Catfish action picking up on Lake Wylie, might get better

The winter catfish bite on Lake Wylie has turned on, and a lot of chunky fish are being caught. According to guide Rodger Taylor of Rock Hill’s Catfish On Guide Service, the excellent action should continue and perhaps improve over the next few weeks.Read More...
December 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Upper end of Lake Murray features a good bass bite

Largemouth bass fishing typically slows this time of year on many lakes, but the upper end of Lake Murray is producing good action.

Guide Chris Heinning of Capt. Chris Fishing is catching bass from the Dreher Island area up into the rivers using a variety of techniques.
December 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Fish boat docks for big reds

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With the summer season rapidly approaching, redfish along the Charleston coast are making the transition from spring patterns to warm water patterns. In this video, Shoal Bandit Charter Capt. John Koonce demonstrates a one of the most-successful tactics for locating warm-water redfish around boat docks. Read More...
May 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

Conan O'Brien blows duck call after Duck Commander lessons

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Late-night TV show host Conan O'Brien got duck-calling lessons from one of the best Tuesday night — Duck Commander's Phil Robertson.

And he did OK. Or maybe not.

Depends on who you ask.
April 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Try these prescriptions for spooky reds

March Madness is great if you’re a college basketball fan. If you’re a fisherman who likes to target redfish, the madness of March is trying to figure out how to get fish that have been hammered on by anglers and dolphin for three or four months to even look at a bait or lure.Read More...
March 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

Redfish schooling around Georgetown

The shallow waters around Georgetown are clear and cool, and sight fishing for schooling winter redfish on light tackle is how fishing guide Capt. Steve Roff likes to fish for them this time of year.

Roff says the reds are bunching in schools, and "it is like deer hunting, stalking and paying attention to an outline or a tail movement."Read More...
January 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

14-year-old kills 140-class Newbury County buck

Rabbit hunters count on their beagles to run bunnies in a big circle, with their quarry eventually returning to the area from which it was originally flushed.

When Pelion’s Liz Richburg killed a beautiful 10-point buck on the last day of the season (Jan. 1), it was sort of the same deal. The beagles were replaced by relatives driving the deer, and the 140-class buck she killed returned to the spot it was first observed – 10 weeks later.Read More...
January 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

Monster Pendleton buck got lucky once, but once was not enough

How much luck does a big buck need to make it to, say, trophy proportions?

Rob Harrison isn’t sure, but he does have some evidence that, while they might not have nine lives like a cat, they occasionally cheat death.

Harrison took an 11-point, 150-inch buck Dec. 4 near Pendleton, and found 10 pellets of buckshot under the buck's hide when it was skinned out.Read More...
January 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

Season has great ending for handicapped South Carolina deer hunter

Dean Elsey of Bonneau Beach figured after three months in the woods that he was headed for one of his normal deer seasons: taking a doe or two, maybe a small buck.

But in a period of a little more than two weeks, Elsey’s season went from dull to dynamite with a pair of great bucks taken on separate mobility-impaired hunts.Read More...
January 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

Quick draw rewards hunter with 12-pointer

Chris Chason of Fort Long got busted by a huge buck the afternoon of Nov. 17 while hunting on his club’s land in Fairfield County.

Luckily, his reaction time was just swift enough to get off a kill shot at his biggest buck ever shortly after being detected at only 40 yards away.Read More...
December 05, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Persistence pays off when 160-class buck steps out in front of Laurens County hunter

Daniel Ziegler almost missed out on the buck of a lifetime on Oct. 28 due to rainy and windy weather conditions, but he decided to stick it out until dark.

The decision paid off for the Laurens County hunter when his biggest buck yet – a trophy main-frame 10-pointer – showed himself about 15 minutes before dark.Read More...
November 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

Chesterfield County produces another huge deer

While his son was on a hunting trip out west to kill a big buck, Charles Rayfield of Chesterfield bagged a trophy here at home. The 215-pound buck the elder Rayfield downed on Nov. 5 had a 12-point rack with a 20-inch inside spread and 24-inch main beams.

Rayfield has two 130-class bucks already in South Carolina’s record book, but this deer will best them both. His latest green scored at 157 and change Boone & Crockett – one in a series of big trophies taken from Chesterfield County in the past three weeks.Read More...
November 14, 2011 at 3:43 am